Monday, 16 November 2009

Crossover Back Baby Smock - Free PDF pattern

Crossover Back, Baby Smock

Size: around 6 months.
(It fit's Lilly's doll which is around that size)

Click Here for Free Pattern PDF Dowload

Putting the pattern together:

Download and print the pattern pieces. You will need to tape together the pattern pieces. Make sure you are not scaling the pieces. Check the little line measures 1 inch on each pattern piece.

The pattern pieces should look like the above.
These are my originals before I copied them off to make the PDF.

I've placed the pattern onto a pillowcase to illustrate this pattern can make good use of a pillowcase.

Fabric requirements:
Very little! Off cuts will do.
A vintage pillowcase for outer and one for lining.

You need to cut:
From lining: 2 back pieces and 1 front (on fold)
From Fabric 2 back pieces and 1 front (on fold)

2 back lining, 2 back fabric, 1 fabric front cut on fold, 1 lining front cut on fold.

Sewing it together:
Use a 1 cm seam allowance.

Sew the side seams of the front and back fabric pieces together.

Then do the same on the lining, but leave an opening in one side seam of the lining, as shown in photo above. This is used later to turn the smock.

Give the side seams a good press. Pressing them open. There is no need to finish these seams as they will be enclosed by the lining.

Lay the lining and fabric right sides together and stitch all the way around the outside. Pivoting on the curves will make them smoother.

Pink or clip the seam allowance close to the stitching without cutting into it!

Next turn the smock to the right side through the opening left in the side seam of the lining.
I use a ruler or pencil to help and roll the edges between my finger tips.

Press the edges well.

Sew close to the outside edge all the way around. This makes washing and ironing easier in future. You can skip this step if you don't like the look of top stitching. Another option would be to use a decorative stitch. A hand stitched running stitch would be cute.

Hand stitch closed the opening in the lining.

Make the button holes on the front and sew the buttons to the back straps.

And you're finished!!!

This is such a plain design it would make a great background for some cute embroidery either by machine or hand.

If you perfer you could omit the side seams. By over lapping the seam allowances and cutting just one piece from fabric and lining. If you take this option you will need to leave a gap for turning when you sew the lining and fabric together.

A couple of samples I made while testing the pattern.

Copyright Information:
This is my original design. I have the basic block I used to draft this pattern and have kept all trial drafts and dated them.
You are free to distribute these instructions and the pattern PDF for Free.
It is NOT OK to on sell my pattern and instructions.
It's NOT OK to claim my work as yours.
You are very welcome to sell items made from this pattern.

If you find this pattern of use please let me know! I love comments and feedback (especially positive ones!)


Harooney said...

Very cute Tracy and how generous to share the pdf.

Shannon said...

LOL Tracy.....deja vu for me..... . Great little top and tute. You are so generous with your work hun, good for you.

Tracey said...

I'm a bit new to sewing and found this top incredibly easy to make thanks mostly to your instructions. Today, I've made two in the 6 month size and I even managed to adapt the pattern to make one for my three year old. too cute! Thanks so much!

eliza said...

thanks so much! i had to modify it a bit because of i had a patchwork square i wanted to use as the front and it wasn't quite large enough. really awesome. pictures at the link!

Me said...

I made three of these for my niece. Thanks for sharing the pattern. I love it.

vještičica said...

the link for a .pdf pattern is not working
if you can fix that please, I would like to make one for my girl

Anonymous said...

The link worked fine on the iPhone. You will need to email me and I'll email you back the pattern.

vještičica said...

it is working now, thank you

Anonymous said...

i would love to make this is my size (size 8) nd add my own style to it :)

sissieliz said...


Anonymous said...

The link isn't working again. :(.

Tracy said...

Hi Just checked it and it is working. Maybe try again later.

elliesue said...

Thank for the pattern for the top it looks a good pattern to work from, will try it.

Emma Wong-Ming said...

I just made this smock and it is gorgeous! Per your recommendation I chopped up a pillowcase for the lining and used some denim I had.

This is the first top that I have ever made, and I am completely thrilled with it. Thank you for your generosity in creating and sharing this tutorial.


Tampoco puedo descargar este patrón.....gracias por los tutoriales. Besos


Anonymous said...

Sooooo nice, thank you for sharing!
Greetings from Germany

Anonymous said...

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
I have always adored this style top and made several for my daughter when she was a baby (24 years ago). I now have babies in the family to sew for and downloaded your pattern. Sooooo easy to make that I finished one in less than an hour. I made mine by tapeing the front and back pieces together as you suggested as an alternative and used snaps instead of buttons. Off to make my next one which will be reversible with buttons. Thank you again for your generosity in sharing your time, talents and pattern with us!
Kindest regards, Becky Jo